Date: 23rd July 2008 at 9:00am
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With a short-term striker shortage looming over Manchester City, manager Mark Hughes is reportedly looking to buy every Tom, Dick & Harry.

Player shortage

Benjani is going to miss the start of the season after tearing his thigh in training, while £19m record signing Jo will be unavailable after being called up to Brazil’s Olympic squad.

City have sold Georgios Samaras to Celtic and released both Emile Mpenza and Paul Dickov. That leaves Darius Vassell, plus Ched Evans and Daniel Sturridge, who has been away with the England Under-19 squad at the European Championships.

The Italian pair, Bernardo Corradi and Rolando Bianchi, are currently available but both likely to leave before the season starts.

Possible Players

Hughes is thought to be bringing in…

Blackburn’s £15m-rated Roque Santa Cruz

Real Zaragoza’s Argentine Diego Milito worth an estimated £7m

Craig Bellamy from West Ham

Djibril Cisse from Marseille

Chelsea’s highly rated Talal Ben Haim

Espanyol’s Pablo Zabaleta worth £6m

That just leaves Tom, Dick & Harry who, at this time are unattached.